Tuesday Sep 16 2008
Teacher 'thrilled' to make a comeback
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Superintendent gives new crop of teachers top score
“I love teaching here. It’s fantastic,” said new Penryn Elementary School teacher Rosine Borello. Borello is one of 10 newly hired Loomis Union School District teachers and is excited to be back in the area where she went to high school. Borello grew up in Cool and graduated from Del Oro High School in 2003. She was a member of the marching band and was the drum majorette her senior year. The young woman graduated from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and spent a year student teaching. Now she’s teaching math and science to 82 Penryn Elementary seventh- and eighth-graders. “It’s so important to give students a good foundation in math. I love math,” Borello said. The new teacher describes her students as “well-behaved” and said the staff has been “amazing and helpful.” Borello said she is “thrilled to be back here,” and hopes she can settle in the area. Borello joins new teacher Brooke Haydu who teaches first grade at Penryn. Paul Johnson, district superintendent, said the new teachers are “tens on a scale of one to ten.” “I’m thrilled with the caliber of teachers we’ve been able to recruit to the district this year. We doubled our efforts last year in recruitment … which I think paid off in huge dividends with the quality teachers we hired.” Johnson said district staff started recruitment early, attended a job recruitment fair, and spent months finding new teachers. Even with state budget cuts in education, the district still needed to hire more teachers. Ophir School just joined the district in July and three new teachers were hired, along with teacher Tracey Curry who transferred from Franklin School. Ophir welcomed Randy Nemeth in fourth grade, district substitute teacher Jennifer Vargas in seventh grade and Jonathon Rhodea in eighth grade. H. Clarke Powers School has two new teachers. Lindsey Dalbin worked in after-school programs before becoming a teacher and now has a room full of fourth graders. Laurel Nichols, who taught in Elk Grove and grew up in Granite Bay, is teaching fifth grade. Becky Pahl was a long-term substitute teacher at Franklin last year and now has her own sixth-grade class. Shiloh Rebozzi, who taught at Loomis School and took a year off, is back as a Franklin second-grade teacher. Jeremy Shrieve moved from Penryn School to teach Franklin’s eighth graders. Franklin teacher Sharon Hickok moved to Placer School to teach fourth grade. The district hired Dustin Fee as a new physical education teacher for Powers and Penryn schools. Sid McCammond retired as a district music teacher and has been replaced by Sarah Crozier. Powers teacher Bev Ireland also retired last June.